This German propaganda movie was part of a U.S. Navy archive compiled during WWII, and acquired by Periscope Film. This Kriegsmarine film shows the cruise of the German warships Gneisenau and Blucher in the North Atlantic in 1939 and 1940. These two ships were to be part of what Adolph Hitler hoped would be a new German Navy that would challenge Britain's mastery of the sea. The cruiser Blucher would be sunk just a short time after the film was made, in 1940 during the invasion of Norway. The... ( 2 reviews ) Topic: U.S. Navy recruiting film.
A scenic cruise along the Hudson and the East River in New York is used to discuss the history of the U.S. Navy, from its earliest era to the present. Features footage of the SS United States, RMS Queen Mary, the Statue of Liberty and the United Nations. Also contains shots of the fighting ship USS Constitution, known as "Old Ironsides". ( 1 reviews ) Topic: U.S. Navy propaganda film.
Dating to the 1960s, this IBM produced film tells the story of the George D. Roper Corporation, a manufacturer of gas and electric stoves, and how its business was transformed by high tech data management. The film features IBM's Clyde Janson, who helped install IBM's 402 and 602 computers at Roper in 1958. Also shown are O56 Verifiers and O52 Keypunch, 557 interpreter, 519 reproducer, O83 and O84 sorter, and O88 Collator, and the processing system. The computer being used is the 1401,... ( 1 reviews ) Topics: IBM, History Of Computing, Computers, Data Processing, Data, Technology, Punch Cards, Punch Card...
Made in 1966, this rarely seen documentary "Today, Tomorrow and Titan III" shows the U.S. Air Force and NASA's activities and research. The Manned Orbiting Laboratory space station concept, put forward as part of an initiative to militarize space under the auspices of the USAF, is touched upon. Research efforts with lifting bodies (which might be used to resupply the MOL) including the M2-F1 and high speed aircraft including the X-15 rocket plane are shown at Edwards Air Force Base... ( 1 reviews ) Topics: Manned Orbiting Laboratory, NASA, NASA Drydena, North American X-15, Lifting Body, Rocket plane
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The Burlington Route, Rio Grande, and Western Pacific Railroads produced this tourism promotional film in the 1950's to highlight the California Zephyr luxury train, running between Chicago and San Francisco. The California Zephyr (the CZ, or "Silver Lady") was a passenger train operated by the Chicago, Burlington & Quincy (CB&Q), Denver & Rio Grande Western (D&RGW) and Western Pacific railroads, all which dubbed it "the most talked about train in America" on... ( 1 reviews ) Topics: railroad, train, California, locomotive, transportation
Made to promote flight deck safety, this Vietnam era film features footage shot aboard USS Forrestal (CVA-59). It was made in 1967, the same year that the ship suffered a terrible fire that cost 134 lives. It is unclear whether the film predates the fire, or was made in its wake. The USS Forrestal (CV-59) superseded Shinano of World War II vintage as the largest aircraft carrier ever built by full load displacement and was the first to specifically support jet aircraft. The ship was... ( 1 reviews ) Topic: U.S. Navy training film.
A history of the early days of Naval aviation, Wings of the Fleet was made in the mid-1920s. Includes footage of the battleship USS Texas as it became the first warship to launch an aircraft in 1919, early blimp and dirigible tests, and experiments with amphibious aircraft. Some of the craft shown include the dirigible ZR-1, the Shenandoah, the Los Angeles, and the C-7. Seaplanes featured include the PN-9 and the record-breaking NC-4. Various famous aviators are in the film include speed record... ( 2 reviews ) Topic: U.S. Navy Publicity Film
Made in 1944 and shot in color, The Fighting Lady is a documentary / propaganda film produced by Twentieth Century Fox for the U.S. Navy. The plot of the film revolves around the life of seamen on board the second USS Yorktown (CV-10) - "the Fighting Lady". The film includes footage of combat in the Marcus Islands, the attack on Truk in the Carolines,and the famous Marianas 'turkey shoot'. Directed by Edward Stiechen and narrated by Charles Boyer and Robert Taylor. ( 2 reviews ) Topic: U.S. Navy propaganda film.
Made in 1942 and shot in color, "The Battle of Midway" is John Ford's masterpiece of documentary filmmaking. Featuring voice overs by Donald Crisp, Henry Fonda, and Jane Darwell, the film includes material shot by Ford himself during the Japanese bombardment of Midway. John Ford's handheld, 16mm footage of the battle was captured totally impromptu. He had been in transit on the island, roused from his bunk by the sounds of the battle, picked up his camera and began shooting. Ford was... ( 1 reviews ) Topic: U.S. Navy propaganda film.
This movie is about the USS Tunny (SS-282) and the procedure she helped pioneer -- firing the Regulus missile. The Regulus was the world's first nuclear cruise missile, and a stop-gap weapon that served the Navy until the arrival of the Polaris weapon system. The Gato-class USS Tunny served three years in the Pacific during WWII, and was brought back into service in 1953 to assist in the development of the Regulus missile system. The U.S. strategy at this time, was to prevent an all out nuclear... ( 1 reviews ) Topic: U.S. Navy Training Film
This German propaganda movie was part of a U.S. Navy archive compiled during WWII, and acquired by Periscope Film. This film celebrates the German U-boats, and especially the sinking of the British aircraft carrier HMS Courageous by submarine-launched torpedo. Adolf Hitler is seen decorating a U-boat crew. Featured submarines: Type IX (9) U-boats U-38 and U-37. ( 3 reviews ) Topic: German World War II (WWII) Propaganda film.
This 1945 Technicolor film was shown to Navy veterans in the aftermath of WWII. Intended to refocus the men who had lived through such horror, and who had trained to live by the sword, the film attempts to remind the viewer of the goals achieved by the conflict. This film may owe its existence to a very real fear that returning veterans would not be able to re-integrate into society; but such worries proved groundless. James Vincent Forrestal, the last Cabinet-level United States Secretary of... ( 1 reviews ) Topic: U.S. Navy training film.
This German propaganda movie was part of a U.S. Navy archive compiled during WWII, and acquired by Periscope Film. Shows naval actions in World War I (WWI), including the German High Fleet engaging the British Royal Navy at Jutland. Contains actual combat footage of German warships firing upon and sinking a British battlecruiser which then capsizes. Footage also includes Zebrugge, Scapa Flow and Firth of Forth. ( 1 reviews ) Topic: World War I (WWI) German Newsreel.
This German propaganda newsreel was part of a a U.S. Navy archive compiled during WWII. This film celebrates the launching of Germany's new navy, including the super battleship Bismarck in 1939 and a never-completed aircraft carrier, the Graf Zeppelin in 1938. Grand Admiral Erich Raeder and Adolph Hitler can be seen at the christening of Graf Zeppelin at Kiel. Also featured in this newsreel is footage of the construction of U-boats and the launch of a completed boat. ( 1 reviews ) Topic: Newsreel.
This German propaganda movie was part of a U.S. Navy archive compiled during WWII, and acquired by Periscope Film. In this film, the Battle of The Atlantic is seen from the German perspective as Kreigsmarine U-boats converge for a wolfpack patrol, hunting Allied merchant ships. ( 1 reviews ) Topic: German World War II (WWII) Propaganda film.
Profiles the role of the U.S. Navy's hardhat divers, and shows the various systems used to support their operations. This film includes footage of re-compression chambers and diver support equipment. The special men of honor who served as the Navy's hardhat divers during WWII salvaged lost equipment, repaired ships at sea and in the harbor, and served in many other important capacities. ( 2 reviews ) Topic: U.S. Navy training film.
The story of Wright Field, Dayton, Ohio, home of the U.S.A.A.F. Material Command, and during WWII the largest aeronautical research center in the world. This WWII film shows the various ways Material Command assists in the design, production and testing of military aircraft and components. Wright-Patterson Air Force Base's origins begin with the establishment of Wilbur Wright Field on 22 May and McCook Field in November 1917, both established by the Army Air Service as World War I... Topics: Wilbur Wright Field, 1917, World War 2, USAF
Produced in 1945, "Hannibal Victory" documents the activities of the World War II Victory Ship S.S. Hannibal Victory, named after Mark Twain’s Mississippi River hometown of Hannibal, Missouri. Departing from San Francisco, the ship carries a cargo of eight steam locomotive engines and cars across the Pacific to the Philippines. The crew’s daily routines are portrayed along with occasional threats by Japanese vessels. During World War II, 534 "Victory ships" were... Topics: World War II, Periscope Film, Victory Ship, World War, Hannibal, Film
This historic U.S. Navy film was made in the wake of the disastrous kamikaze attack and fire aboard the aircraft carrier USS Franklin in 1945, specifically to provide naval ship architects insight into the structural damage endured by the ship during the incident. According to a truncated card at the head of the film, this forensic examination of the damage was made in hopes that future carriers might be made more resistant to damage. USS Franklin (CV/CVA/CVS-13, AVT-8), nicknamed "Big... Topics: USS Franklin, Aircraft Carrier, Kamikaze, U.S. Navy, Honshu, Essex Class Aircraft Carrier, World...
Created in the 1940s by Encyclopedia Brittanica, this fascinating travelogue and educational film showcases Western China including Nanking. It is narrated by O.J. Caldwell, who taught at the University of Nanking prior to the Japanese invasion.The film contains unique footage of the Sichuan basin (called "the valley" in the film) and some city scenes shot in Chengdu. The narrator describes the Sichuanese as "people who in time of peace have pursued their placid ways close to... Topics: Western China, China, Bamboo, Nanking, Chengdu
Made by Australia's National Film Board in 1951, "North to the Sun" shows a tourist view of Far North Queensland. It investigates what underpins the tropical north and discovers it is more than just a holiday destination. It is a place where jungle has given way to the cultivation of sugar cane and tobacco, and where prosperous communities of Australians have proved that the Australian tropics are a pleasant place to live in and that industry is generously rewarded there. Produced... Topics: Periscope Film, Stock Footage, Australia, Travel Literature, Tobacco, Queensland, Cairns
This Film Communique Fifth Issue consists of several segments. The first, P-47s Come to Town, shows the arrival of American P-47 Thunderbolts in the European Theater, their assembly and combat role. The second, titled Two Million Dollar Hill, showing combat in Italy, with mules and men being used to deliver supplies to front line troops fighting German troops. The omnipresent mud makes it slow going. An animated short "A Few Quick Facts" shows the work of the Air Transport... Topics: U.S. Marine Corps, Battle Of Tarawa World War II, Pacific Campaign
This educational travelogue about Yellowstone National Park also serves as a promotional film for the Ansco camera company. It was produced by Bud and Edna Gamble and features Will Rogers, Jr. as host and narrator. As the Wilson family makes their way through the Park, they shoot many color and black and white pictures using various products in the Ansco line, from simple point and shoot cameras to an SLR with a telephoto lens. After their vacation the family relives the trip by watching a... Topics: Yellowstone National Park, Will Rogers Jr., Ansco, Camera, General Aniline & Film, Anscochrome,...
This home movie dates from the 1930s or 1940s and shows images of Bisbee and Tucson, Arizona. It begins with a drive into Bisbee through Tombstone Canyon, with footage shot through the front of a moving car. The Bisbee "B" is seen at the 2 minute mark, along with the downtown and the Copper Queen Mine. At the 4 minute mark is footage of the San Xavier Mission near Tucson, a saguaro forest, and more. What might be Sabino Canyon is seen at the 10 minute mark, and workers seen... Topics: Home Movies, Tuscon, Bisbee, Arizona, 1930's, San Xavier Mission
This short silent German educational film shows an artillery battery being put into position by Wehrmacht forces. Interestingly the battery force has mounted troops, typical of the German Army which while heavily mechanized used horses for many important tasks. Once a position is scouted, troops emplace the gun and begin the work of camouflaging the position, while other soldiers work to obtain firing data and sighting. The artillery piece shown may be the 7.5 cm Feld Kanone 16 neuer... Topics: Artillery, Artillery Baterry, World war II, Wehrmacht, germany
Created by the Federal Security Agency in the 1940s, "The Operator and Safety" is a bus driver training film. Featuring a Mack CM-G3 transit bus, the film was shot in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and vicinity around 1941. The bus used in the film, number 1822, was part of the Philadelphia Rapid Transit system.This film is part of the Periscope Film LLC archive, one of the largest historic military, transportation, and aviation stock footage collections in the USA. Entirely film... Topics: Mack bus, Philadelphia, driver training, driver's ed, bus driver, Philadelphia Rapid Transit, stock...
One of the U.S. Army's special "War Films", this one begins with a segment entitled "All American" focusing on the combat cameramen assembled to document the war in the air, on the ground, and at sea. The film shows Gen. Hap Arnold and the military's movie studios at work, creating training and propaganda films for consumption by the troops and the public. The film also shows footage filled with humor, such as shots of airplane nose art and a man taking a bath in a tub... Topics: World War II, Robert F. Patterson, Combat Camera, Film, South Pacific, transport Aircraft, War Film
Created in 1945, this documentary film shows the massive battle for the island of Okinawa, focusing on the activities of the American 6th Marine Division. The 6th Marine Division was formed in September 1944. During the invasion of Okinawa it saw combat at Yae-Take and Sugar Loaf Hill and was awarded a Presidential Unit Citation. The 6th Division had also prepared for the invasion of Japan before the war ended. After the war it served in Tsingtao, China where the division was disbanded on April... Topics: Okinawa, Battle Of Okinawa, World War 2, USMC
Produced by General Electric in 1941, "Curves of Color" is an early color film that shows the old and new methods of distinguishing up to two million shades of color, including colors impossible to see with the human eye through photo-spectronomy, which at the time was a new science. The film was featured in the January, 1942 issue of Popular Mechanics magazine. The film is a delight to the eye and features laboratory use of the spectrophotometer. J.L. Michaelson of G.E., who... Topics: Spectrophotometry, Film, Educational Film, Periscope Film, Stock Footage
This U.S. Navy newsreel shows Commander William Anderson of the nuclear powered submarine Nautilus, being greeted at the White House by President Eisenhower. During the period 22 July 1958 to 5 August 1958, U.S.S. Nautilus transited the Arctic Ocean from the Bering Sea to the Greenland Sea, becoming the first vessle in history to pass submerged beneath the geographic North Pole. Topic: U.S. Navy Publicity Film
"Wings to Vikingland" is a Pan Am travelogue about Scandinavia and specifically Norway, Denmark and Sweden. The flight is made aboard a Pan Am Clipper -- a four engine Boeing Stratocruiser equipped with Sleeperette seats. The flight takes less than 24 hours and meals served aboard are from Maxim's of Paris. The trip begins in Stockholm and contains vivid images of the downtown and Saltsjobanan observation deck. The trip to Norway is made by ship at about the 17 minute mark.... Topics: Pan American World Airline, Airline, Travelogue, Sweden, Boeing Stratocruiser, Stockholm, Lapland,...
Created in 1941 by Castle Films, this silent newsreel was created in honor of President Franklin Delano Roosevelt's record third inauguration. The newsreel begins with a recap of his political career from Asst. Secretary of the Navy to failed Vice Presidential candidate and finally Governor and President. At the 2 minute mark the story of the Great Depression is told visually, with protestors marching on Washington and huge unemployment lines. President Hoover rides with FDR to the first... Topics: Franklin D. Roosevelt, United States President, Civilian Conservation, Works Progress...
This rare silent film shows a trip down the Rhine River in Germany made in the 1930s by freighters and passenger ships, including a sidewheel vessel. Some terrific scenery is shown in the course of the film including castles, mountains and cities. This film is part of the Periscope Film LLC archive, one of the largest historic military, transportation, and aviation stock footage collections in the USA. Entirely film backed, this material is available for licensing in 24p HD and 2k. For more... Topics: Rhine, Events Preceding World War II Europe
Made in 1936, "The Song of a Nation" is an historical featurette dramatizing the events that led to Francis Scott Key writing the words to "The Star-Spangled Banner." It stars Donald Wood as Francis Scott Key. The plot begins in Georgetown in 1814 where, lawyer Francis Scott Key believes the government is not doing enough to protect the country from the warring British. He is not afraid to air his views, unpopular amongst the military/political circle in which he... Topics: National Anthem, War 1812, Francis Scott Key
In 1964 off the coast of Bermuda, SEALAB I was lowered to a depth 192 feet. This film documents that amazing event. The Sealab I experiment was to test the theories of saturated diving and the ability of humans to live and operate at extreme pressures. The test involved four divers: LCDR Robert Thompson, MC; Gunners Mate First Class Lester Anderson; Chief Quartermaster Robert A. Barth; and Chief Hospital Corpsman Sanders Manning. The top side commander was Captain George F. Bond, also called... Topic: Deep Sea Ocean Exploration
This educational film by Boeing Aircraft, "Wings of Glass", shows how the company uses innovative techniques to use glass, fiberglass and other glass and plastic composite materials to produce lighter, stronger aircraft components. The Boeing 727 and 747 aircraft are shown, as well as the assembly lines in which highly skilled workers painstakingly create many of the aircraft components by hand and using precision machinery. The honeycomb structure of many internal components is... Topics: Boeing 727, Boeing 747, Boeing, Aircraft, Fiberglass, Periscope Film, Stock Footage, Construction,...
Created in 1945 by the Warner Bros. Studio to sell U.S. Savings Bonds, "America the Beautiful" paints a picture of the United States as an industrious society on the move. Shot in Technicolor and directed by Gordon Hollingshead and with a score by William Lava, the film begins "on your front door, on the street where you live" and spans the American continent through the ranches and farms of the West and the National Parks, to the bustling cities of the East including the... Topics: WWII, propaganda film, Technicolor, New York City, industrial
This historic, silent German educational film shows physical training of members of the Arbeitsdienft or "Labor Service".The Reichsarbeitsdienst (translated to 'Reich Labour Service', abbreviated RAD) was a major organisation established by Nazi Germany as an agency to help mitigate the effects of unemployment on German economy, militarise the workforce and indoctrinate it with Nazi ideology. It was the official state labor service, divided into separate sections for men and... Topics: World War II, Labor Servcice, Labor Service
Created in the early stage of WWII, this propaganda and recruiting film was intended to educate ordinary Americans about some of their responsibilities at the "home front". This might include serving as Air Raid Wardens, Civil Defense Workers, or in services such as the Driver's Corps (whose members were trained in first aid and auto repair) or as messengers. The film includes a brief excerpt from a speech by President Roosevelt, and uses the British auxiliary services as an... Topics: WW2, WWII, air raid, Civil Defense, FDR, warden, blackout, Driver's Corps
This silent historic newsreel begins with the arrival of prominent Nazis at Tempelhof Airport in honor of a national holiday. The exact date and event we're not sure -- so if you know please leave information in the comments. Propaganda Minister Josef Goebbels is one of the welcoming committee at the airport. The scene then moves to a massive stadium, possibly the Berlin Olympic stadium, where a spectacular celebration and rally is undertaken. A large dirigible -- possibly the zeppelin... Topics: Berlin Tempelhof Airport, Berlin, Nazi Germany, Adolf Hitler, Newsreel, Joseph Boebbels, Hermann...
This Castle Films travelogue features a "Holiday in Holland" circa 1950. It features shots of windmills, tulips, the Island of Marken with its population in traditional Dutch dress including wooden clogs, rural villages like Volendam, the Sikkens factory, St. John's church in Gouda, various sights in Haarlem, the cheese market in Alkmaar, and more. Winter sports including skating competitions are shown, as well as an annual celebration to honor the recovery of land from flooding.... Topics: Windmills, Tulip, Flower Industry, Holland, Wooden Shoes, 1950s, Clogs, Alkmaar, Gouda,...
Produced by the governments of the USA and Britain, "Eve of Battle" is a photographic record of the Allied Expeditionary Forces as they embarked upon the D-Day landings in Occupied France. Starts with amazing footage of German bunkers and coastal installations, and shows the formation of the gigantic invasion force with its multi-national components. The film concludes with vivid footage of June 6, 1944 and the invasion force arriving on the beaches. This film is part of the... Topics: World War, Invasion, Newsreel, World War II, Normadny Landings, English Channel
This historic film documents Operation Greenhouse, the fifth American nuclear test series and the second conducted in 1951. Operation Greenhouse was the first to test principles that would lead to developing thermonuclear weapons (hydrogen bombs). Conducted at the new Pacific Proving Ground at Eniwetok Atoll, all of the devices were mounted in large steel towers to simulate air bursts. Operation Greenhouse represented new and aggressive designs for nuclear weapons. The main idea was to... Topics: Nuclear Weapon, Atomic, Atomic bomb, Nuclear, Los Alamos, Eniwetok Atoll, 1951, Atomic Energy...
The USS Panay incident was a Japanese attack on the American gunboat Panay while she was anchored in the Yangtze River outside Nanking (now known as Nanjing), China on 12 December 1937. Japan and the United States were not at war at the time. The Japanese claimed that they did not see the American flags painted on the deck of the gunboat, apologized, and paid an indemnity. Nevertheless, the attack and the subsequent Allison incident in Nanking caused US opinion to turn against the Japanese. Fon... Topics: U.S. Navy, 1937, Rape of Nanking, Yangtze River, China, Asiatic Fleet, gunboat, Norman Alley
Made by the Arthur Barr organization in 1960, Stagecoach Westward tells the story of the stagecoach and shows how it helped open the West to settlers and "civilization." Arthur Barr started his company in 1937 after working as an audio-visual technician for the Pasadena City Schools. His company was famous for its well-made, if low-budget, educational films. This one is no exception, showing in detail how the stage was operated and making students familiar with the terminology... Topics: Periscope Film, Stock Footage, Film, Stagecoach
Produced by the Burroughs Corporation in 1956, "Bombproof" is a fascinating Civil Defense film with something of a hidden agenda -- in that it shows the importance of keeping microfilm versions of corporate records in the Atomic Age. The fictional Donovan Manufacturing Company, with prolific Hollywood actor Walter Abel starring as its CEO J.B. Donovan, used microfilm processing (a service provided by the Burroughs Corp.) to preserve vital company records and is one of the few able... Topics: Nuclear Weapon, Hydrogen Bomb, Burroughs Corporation, Civil Defense, Walter Abel, Nuclear Physics,...
Produced in 1945, this newsreel film has two segments: "By Request" in which a hostess answers questions for the troops, and a terrific segment featuring famed journalist and author William L. Shirer speaking about the Nazi Youth Movement. "By Request" (begins about 10:55 into the film) shows a new German secret weapon, the "one man torpedo". Germany had three types of human torpedoes during WWII. First, the Negerthat was a torpedo carrying a second torpedo... Topics: Army-Navy Screen Magazine, German Secret Weapon, Torpedo, Lina Romay, Manhattan, Manned Torpedo,...
Narrated by actor Alan Caillou, also known as Alan Samuel Lyle-Smythe M.B.E., "O Tahiti Tele" was created by the Tahiti Tourist Development Board in 1972. It shows the natural beauty of French Polynesia with its abundant beaches, fishing, paradisiacal vistas, unspoiled jungles, coconut plantations, and strong and beautiful people. As the film points out, the arrival of jet aircraft as a means to travel, forever changed Tahiti from a remote dream for most people, to a reality... Topics: Tahiti, French Polynesia, Mutiny On The Bounty, Papa'ete, James A. Michener, Glass Bottom Boat,...